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Following Republican walk-outs in 2019 and 2020 that denied a vote on Oregon’s new cap and trade rules designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, state officials have gone ahead and drafted the new framework anyway at the behest of an executive order from Gov. Kate Brown in 2020.

A fire destroyed a house on Highway 228, just west of Sweet Home on Thursday morning, Jan. 6, according to a news release from the Sweet Home Fire District. The house was unoccupied.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has temporarily postponed its decision on tolling stretches of I-205 and I-5 in the Portland area in the next five years and will consider a request from Clackamas County for extra time to hash out regional congestion-pricing plans before tolls are imp…

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